June 2, 2014

Retro Recap: ANIME CENTRAL 2014

This will probably be my shortest review ever of ANIME CENTRAL you'll see. I honestly don't remember a lot of the show, it was all pretty much a blur.


We arrived on Thursday afternoon to do set up (after realizing halfway out I FORGOT my tube of new giant posters). It was crowded like crazy given it was during rush hour time, but thankfully there were starting to be some cops out like Anime Central usually has directing traffic and pedestrians.

My art pals and I carted our stuff over to the sign in area, which I found has undergone a MAJOR OVERHAUL - and it was amazing. All the check in booths were at the front (no arguing with the gate guards about getting my ticket INSIDE the arena this time!), and there was a beautiful gate with all the event information posted on it (you know, like hall hours and such!)

I, of course, did not take a picture of this. SADNESS.

So anyway, we got in, and found our booth areas, which were luckily in a pretty good location! No poles near by, near the center, and we had an opening RIGHT next to my booth so we could leave easily!

Friday morning I had a photo shoot thing, and then headed to my booth for a good chunk of the day. Had a couple of commissions (I was feeling really bare at my booth this year, sadness!), and then had to leave early to head to the WCS interview thingy. That took some time, but I was so exhausted from the work, barely sleeping, as well as getting up super early, that I went back to the room and just crashed out. I think I fell asleep at 10, and I slept until 8 the next day.

Saturday I spent most of the time at the table, I decided to bring Weaver with me, since I like being fancy at the table, and OMG I FOUND OTHER FFXIV COSPLAYERS. They were all really adorable, and convinced me to take a short jaunt outside to join them in the Final Fantasy photoshoot. Which was the shortest photoshoot ever, and I was glad cause I had to run back, rest for 20 minutes then get changed for judging and set up. :P

Blackmage?, Kan-E-Senna, Summoner, Weaver, & Y'shtola
I had a fun time, and we all got to talk about our servers and characters and the like! (so many servers means none of us were on the same one. WHOOPS)

Judging went well, I was very happy with the judges as I was practically undressed during the whole thing. Made all that hand stitching on my collar parts worth it! XD SOMEBODY NOTICED IT. YAAAAY!

Then we went BACK to the room, changed, and headed to the set up where we built the sets quickly as I was running out of steam.

Said hi to some friends, then went and crashed on the bed again.

Sunday was Performance day, so I spent almost the entire time doing that. We didn't win, but that's okay! The winners were AMAZINGLY FABULOUS and I'm super happy for them. :) I hope they knock em dead in Japan.

I traveled back to the booth for the last hour or two, then tore down the booth, then we carted ourselves home.

I then realized I pretty much forgot to take ANY pictures of anything while I was there (except the final fantasy ones, and that's ONLY cause a friend of mine was holding my camera. XD)

It was a good show, as always, I did okay for having very minimal items at my booth, and I am raring to get things ready for next year so I can be all gangbusters and have ALL THE PRODUCTS!!

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